Phyllis Pancella

Award-winning mezzo-soprano Phyllis Pancella has performed for major opera companies throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Israel, Italy, France and Belgium. She has also performed in concerts and recitals across the country and internationally. Pancella has also completed graduate level course work in social work and is currently pursing an MS in Educational Psychology at Florida State University. She joined the Voice faculty in 2020.


  • Teaching experience includes master classes and private voice instruction at universities including University of Missouri at Columbia, University of Missouri at St. Louis, University of Kentucky, Florida State University, Indiana University, University of Kansas, Boston Conservatory of Music, Skidmore College and Northwestern University

Career Highlights 

  • Performed in numerous operas including "Formidable," "Three Decembers," "Thumbprint," "Hansel & Gretel," "Sweeney Todd," "Cosi fan tutte," "La clemenza di Tito," "Carmen," "Rodelinda," "L’Italiana in Algeri" and the upcoming Opera Memphis production of "Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi"
  • Worked with Opera Memphis, Kentucky Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Alabama Symphony, Virginia Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, LA Opera, Opera Boston and San Francisco Opera 


BAUniversity of Kansas